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James Bond will return… in an electric Aston Martin

James Bond Aston Martin electric car

Daniel Craig will drive an electric Aston Martin in the next James Bond film, according to The Sun newspaper. The film will most likely see 007 at the wheel of the Rapide E – an all-electric EV with a price tag of £250,000.

Aston Martin will build just 155 units of its first all-electric production car, although Mr Bond will be among the first to drive the most eco-friendly form of transport since Roger Moore’s Union Flag parachute in The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Sun reports that director Cary Joji Fukunaga wants Bond to be seen in an electric vehicle, with an insider quoted as saying: “The decision was spearheaded by the film’s new director, who’s a total tree-hugger.

“He is working directly with Aston Martin to get one of their electric cars ready for its big close-up.

Daniel Craig Aston Martin

“It’s going to be the centre of an incredible action sequence in the movie. James Bond is known for driving amazing cars and this one won’t disappoint either.

“It’s going to have all the high-tech gadgets. To be clear, this is something Cary pushed for and Daniel and the producers are going along with.

“Everybody is afraid of Bond getting labelled ‘too PC’ but they all felt the time was right to put him in a zero-emission vehicle.”

Do you expect me to torque?

James Bond electric Aston Martin

The Aston Martin Rapide E is being developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and will be powered by an 800 volt battery electrical architecture with 65 kWh installed capacity.

The 6.0-litre V12 engine, gearbox and fuel tank are removed and replaced with 5,600 lithium-ion cylindrical cells and two rear-mounted electric motors. The result is a combined output of 610 horsepower and 700 lb ft of torque.

It means that Bond’s next set of wheels will sprint to 60 mph in sub-4.0 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155 mph. Aston Martin’s range target of 200 miles should be enough for Bond to travel from MI6 to the casino without getting all shaken and stirred over range anxiety.

Shooting of the 25th James Bond film is expected to start at Pinewood studios in April, with Daniel Craig making his fifth and final outing. Rapide E customers are expected to take delivery by the end of the year. 

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Lego DB5

Video: Lego releases James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – with standard ejector seat

Lego DB5

What is the most iconic car ever made? A car that means something to almost everyone – a pop culture hero, a timeless automotive star, almost of its own franchise? This is the question the boffins at Lego asked when tasked with picking something new for their Lego Creator Expert line.

Their conclusion is, we think, a just one – James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 And the version immortalised in Lego has just been revealed. 

For nearly 60 years this car, and subsequent Astons, have been the best-known automotive companions to the world’s most famous spy. The DB5 has served in no less than three outings of the world-famous Ian Fleming character – first in the immortal Goldfinger (1964), then in GoldenEye (1995) and once more in Skyfall (2012).

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The DB5 is, and always will be, Bond’s most famous car. That makes it the world’s most famous car and as such, was the perfect next project for the guys at Lego to reimagine in brick form.

Now, the finished product is hitting shelves. We went to the global launch at the UK’s flagship Lego Store in Leicester Square, London.

Video: Lego releases James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Double-0 heaven/Lego paradise

A ride into the city in the back of a sumptuous Aston Martin Rapide S got us in the double-0 mood, as did the stunning full-size DB5 on display outside the shop itself. Walk in, and it’s as you’d expect: a Lego paradise, with an enormous and detailed Lego reproduction of Big Ben looming over the impressive historical Bond installations.

Speak of the devil, that’s the next thing that caught our eye. One-third scale replicas of Daniel Craig’s 007 DB5 – including the actual model used for the explosion scene in Skyfall – are proudly displayed. Even though it’s a scale model, the charred carcass of the DB5 reproduction was enough to muster a wince from us.

Other tidbits included the genuine ejector-seat gear-shifter used in the Goldfinger DB5, a few of modern Q’s bits and bobs (glasses, tea mug), M’s British bulldog and some 60s 007 figurine packaging, complete with a rather over-flattering drawn representation of Sean Connery in character.

“Now to your car, 007.”

It’s something of a masterpiece. Bugatti Chirons and Porsche GT3 RSs are all well and good, but a Bond car is invariably possessed of trinketry not often found on the average car’s options list. Part of what makes the original ‘Goldfinger’ DB5 the ultimate Bond car is the arsenal of gadgets and weapons it featured. Remember them fondly, and find them all faithfully recreated on this new Lego version.

Everything from the bullet-proof shield popping out behind the rear window, to fog light machine guns. The swivelling number plate, interior radar trackers and tyre-destroying wheel blades make useful features on Bond’s company hack. All of which is great, but what makes the Lego DB5 is the inclusion of the ultimate Bond car gadget.

A twist of the central piece of the rear bumper retracts the roof, revealing a seat ready to burst out at your whim. “That was the hardest and most important part to get right in the DB5,” said Lego designer Michael Psiaki.

“We’re really proud of how we worked it all in intricately, without altering the look of the car. We’re also very pleased with how the front end turned out, given the range of functions implemented – from the swivelling number plate to the hidden machine guns.”

Lego DB5

One of our favourite features on the Lego DB5 isn’t actually a moving part. Pop the bonnet, and you’ll find a lovely accurate representation of the inline-six that powers the DB5, complete with inlet hose and chunky cam covers. “When I looked under the hood of a DB5 I originally thought it was a ‘V’ engine, due to the two side-by-side cam covers you see in there. I later found out it was a straight-six – it’s one of the things we’re most proud of in our recreation of this car.”

We collared a representative from Aston Martin and asked if Lego versions of Timothy Dalton’s DBS, Pierce Brosnan’s Vanquish, Daniel Craig’s DBS, DB10 or even his new car due in Danny Boyle’s to-be-titled Bond 25 were in the pipeline. He smiled vividly but declined to comment. Watch this space…

The ultimate Dad-and-lad Lego build project that is the Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 is on sale now in store and online for £129.99. It’s a 1,290-piece build, but we’re sure Dads the world over will persevere long after the kids’ patience has dried up. Just as well that it’s a 16+, too. Four months of solid design work from Psiaki might have yielded the coolest Bond toy yet.

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Aston Martin DB10 auction

James Bond Aston Martin DB10 sells for £2.4 million at auction

Aston Martin DB10 auctionThe Aston Martin DB10 built for the latest James Bond film Spectre has sold at auction for a final bid of £2,434,500 – with funds from the sale going to charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

The sale took place at Christie’s in London last night (Thursday 18 February). The DB10 was the star of a 10-lot auction called James Bond Spectre – The Live Auction.

The amount raised on the night totalled nearly £2.8 million.

Aston Martin DB10 auction

One of 10 DB10 built for Spectre, the DB10 under the hammer was one of two show cars kept back for display purposes: the other eight were used (and modified) for filming.

This is the only DB10 that will ever be sold.

Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “The DB10 is one of the rarest cars ever created.

“It’s great to see this DB10 raising vital funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, it is a fantastic charity that we are delighted to support”.

The auction now continues online until 23 February, with a further 14 lots on sale – again raising cash for MSF, the global humanitarian aid organisation that helps victims of disasters, epidemics and armed conflicts.